A Proud History
When Ron Shimek went out to the garage to build his bride a free-standing fireplace for their home back in 1975, he had no idea that he was on the path to building the largest fireplace manufacturer in the world. His first-ever Heat-N-Glo fireplace was a labor of love, and then it became a family affair. Ron’s brother Dan would join him and they opened the Heat-N-Glo Fireplace manufacturing business. Eventually, the company revolutionized the industry by inventing the world’s first Direct Vent Gas Fireplace, allowing fireplaces to be installed in virtually any room in a home. All along, Ron’s sons, including son Tim joined him in the summers. Tim began working at 9 years old.
In 2002, Tim Shimek and his wife Renee ventured out to found their own company, Glowing Hearth & Home, where they would change the fireplace industry in their own way, by creating an innovative, intimate retail experience and treating builders and contractors to the best working relationships in the business. By ensuring that their sales staff members are experts in the industry who know what questions to ask rather than being pushy, Glowing Hearth has created an intimate atmosphere where customers feel comfortable. Another important tool the Shimeks installed are the example rooms in each store that show customers what’s possible from fireplaces to surrounds and mantels to stonework and accessories. These examples make it easy to visualize how the new fireplace of your dreams will look in your home.
Glowing Hearth doesn’t stop at the end of a sale. From the FREE in-home consultation to scheduling our installation crews, service technicians and finishing work, we manage the process for you, so that the experience is hassle-free and fun. From concept to completion and beyond, we’re there every step of the way.
Come Visit One of Our Amazing Showrooms
This website gives you a taste of our extensive product lines but nothing beats a visit to one of our gorgeous showrooms.
"I am writing to inform you of the wonderful service I received from your company and your employees. I went to 2 other fireplace stores before I went to yours. I was more confused than ever until I met Mickey. I knew more in 10 minutes with Mickey than I learned anywhere else. After my free preview with Dave, I signed the proposal and made a down payment. Everyone was easy to deal with and your team kept me in the loop every step of the way. The inspector came out and as soon as he saw my paper work, told me that I did my homework by hiring Glowing Hearth & Home. He signed off immediately and told me they are the best company for the job…and I agree completely." - Judy S., Eden Prairie, MN
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